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Sacred Heart one of two churches on tour

Looking for something to do March 27?

How about exploring the important role places of worship have played in North Omaha, an area of historical and cultural richness and the traditional center of Omaha's African American community?

Project Interfaith's Annual Interfaith Architecture Tour will take participants to St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2402 N. 22nd St., and Sacred Heart Church, 2207 Wirt St.

The Archdiocese of Omaha is co-sponsoring the event.

Christian Brother William Woeger, director of the Archdiocesan Worship Office, will lead the Sacred Heart portion of the tour.

Set for 1:30 p.m. March 27, the tour will begin at St. John African Methodist Episcopal and conclude with a community reception hosted by Sacred Heart.

This architecture tour has been ongoing for Project Interfaith, and typically includes a Catholic and non-Catholic church in a particular part of the city, said Father Ryan Lewis, pastor at St. Thomas More Church in Omaha and ecumenical officer for the archdiocese.

In the past, St. Cecilia Cathedral has been included in the tour, he said.

"We certainly want to encourage the place of religion, the place of culture in North Omaha," he said.

Project Interfaith's architecture tour incorporates various religious, architectural and social aspects, which make it a worthwhile event, he said.

"There's the ecumenical, religious aspect of visiting churches of different faith backgrounds in a particular part of city; of looking at the diversity of beauty in houses of worship; and sharing in the cultural and social exchange, if you will," said Father Lewis, who plans to attend the tour. "We see how churches work together ecumenically in a part of the city - in this case North Omaha - for the betterment of the community."

WANT TO GO?

If you'd like to attend Project Interfaith's Annual Interfaith Architectural Tour, register online at www.projectinterfaithusa.org or http://interfaitharchitecturetour2010.eventbrite.com.

The March 27 tour begins at 1:30 p.m. at St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2402 N. 22nd St., Omaha. Check in is at 1 p.m.

Cost is a non-refundable suggested donation of $10 for adults; $5 for students with IDs. Pre-registration is encouraged as space is limited.

Architects may receive learning units from the American Institute of Architects for attending this program.

For more information, contact Project Interfaith at 933-4647 or info@projectinterfaithusa.org.

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